Harare residents to resist proposed increase in electricity tariffs

HARARE residents yesterday threatened to resist the proposed increase in electricity tariffs arguing the proposed charges would make electricity unaffordable to the majority of citizens.

by VENERANDA LANGA

Harare Metropolitan Residents Forum (HAMREF) spokesperson Marvellous Khumalo told NewsDay that residents had already been consulted by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) on the proposed 49% tariff hikes.

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The energy regulatory authority has announced plans to hike the tariffs from the current average of $0, 9 cents per kilowatt to about $0, 14 cents per kilowatt as part of efforts to enable power utility,Zesa, to raise more revenue for power generation.

“It will be very difficult for citizens to fork out such huge amounts, and on Tuesday we met with ZERA where they informed us of their proposal to increase electricity tariffs by 49% on the premise that Zimbabwe’s current tariffs are far much lower than those of neighbouring countries,” he said.

Khumalo said HAMREF will meet to take a position on what action the residents will take.

Harare Residents Trust (HRT) said residents should speak with one voice and reject the increases to force service providers to go back to the drawing board to reduce the percentage hike.

“A 49% hike is unrealistic, and it means every commodity which the resident uses will rise in prices as electricity is one of the major contributors in the manufacturing process. As of date a basic domestic user at average uses 450 kilowatts per month, and is paying around $44 for electricity. If the tariff increases by 49% a user will pay $77 which is unaffordable for residents,” HRT said.

12 Responses to Harare residents to resist proposed increase in electricity tariffs

  1. Chief Mola January 14, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    Just leave this ZESA nonsense alone. Go green. It is better to invest in solar energy and LPG appliances than look up to zhesha. Instead of buying an additional ex-Jap why not install a solar electricity generation system if you are a landlord? Tenants can swicth on to LPG for cooking. I’m distancing myself from zhesha and it’s working.

  2. Wezhira January 14, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    Muri kuti chiiko imi? ……………….. to hike the tariffs from the current average of $0, 9 cents per kilowatt to about $0, 14 cents per kilowatt as part of efforts to enable power utility,Zesa, to raise more revenue for power generation.???????????

  3. Fany January 14, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    Govt: maita mari ka vakomana vezesa. pese pese maOK, mubank patuckshop vanhu varikungotenga zesa?
    Zesa: small small baba
    Govt: ko ngatiite dhiri ka
    Zesa: sasai tinzwe ndimi dhara
    Govt: vanhu varikutenga zesa daily ka ava. towedzera price kaextra motipa tobhadhara mateacher pay dzavo.
    zesa: mmmmm but vanhu vanozoti chii dhara?
    Govt: mazimba aya mfana hauaketi here. vanongochema varimo muline rekutenga mamwe magetsi.
    zesa: taura hako dhara. chiitai groundwork baba mumapaper
    Govt: deal

  4. The Marshcracker.... January 14, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    So Zesa, (& all other gvt-controlled entities) find it cool to match our neighbouring countries when its convenient for them ;’ …on the premise that our tariffs are much lower than those in neighbouring countries’ Arghhhh nonsense! how about taking that approach universally & start with unemployment. let’s hear someone up there saying we need to match our neighbours at their 25 – 40% average. Instead of just saying we need more tollgates because South Africa has so many from BBridge to Jo’burg let’s hear in the same breath that you’re going to service the roads too . Resurfacing & expanding the roads. where’s the logic in just making 2 or 3 lanes only at the tollgate like is the case at the mbudzi tollgate? Is it because you’re only concerned about the speed at which you collect your cash & you don’t care what speed the motorist will travel at aftetwards ? If you mean it you need to match up all the way including a National Road Accident Fund financed by those same tollgates, smooth multilanes & a water drainage system on the roadside.. like our neighbours did.
    Let’s hear someone saying our diesel & petrol are too expensive compared to our neighbours….
    Prices should be lower in Zimbabwe to correspond with everything else that is lower or nonexistent. ; low employment; flea market stalls illegalized………
    so Zesa please save us this nonsense of MATCHING neighbouring countries’ standards ; THEYRE OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE

  5. Ndonda January 14, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    Wow! 49% is massive. If government itself is struggling to find money, where then can the suffering citizens be expected to that kind of money. Let the authorities try to engage with the people and find a positive way forward instead of the current confrontational attitude.

  6. K Mazengeza January 14, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Why compare our tarriffs with those of other countries? What about our incomes, are they the same with theirs? These people should stop messing with our intelligence, we are not as stupid as they think!

  7. Msana we ngombe January 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    The tarrif increase is not about matching what regional utilities charge. The generation mix is changing. Kariba power station(hydropower)’s contribution has gone down from 750MW to 280MW. Hydropower is very cheap to produce. This tends to bring the generation costs down. With its contribution diminishing the costs have to go up.
    The introduction of 200MW of emergency power from diesel generators to the generation
    mix will increase the costs substantially.
    The tactics should reflect these changes. The residents associations should not mislead people, they should provide them with the right information for them to make the right choices.

  8. Levi January 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    It’s ironic that in Zimbabwe we always want to increase everything in line with neighbouring countries, what about lowering prices in line with neighbouring countries. South Africa fuel price is less than R13/ltr which is under a US dollar. SA price of beef is less than R90/kg. What’s wrong with us, as a nation we shouldn’t except such increments of 49% in an US dollar economy, do salaries go up by that amount? If we allow this to happen there will be a chain reaction of increments & where will it end. So frustrating that we allow this to happen to us time & time again. Let’s make a stand & say no ways. If South African university students can overturn a decision of increments then why not us.

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  9. Samaita January 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Do these people even care? Not at all. They will only start caring when one of them is lying on the floor drenched in a pool of blood with a bullet in his head. Only then will they start caring. Until then fellow citizens we shall seethe in our anger.

  10. mabhuksen January 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    Madness utter ribbish. This govt is shit pmwe chete neZessa yacho. Zimbos lets resist. Lets fight. Ropa ngatiteuke. The govt and dilapidated industry is failing and can not afford a salary increase of 5% instead thousands are being retrenched yet they have the goal of increasing tariffs by more than 50%.Greedy theives. Mbavha zevanhu! Magororo!

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